Once a year #RandomActsOfKindness day happily rolls around.
It's a day where we are kindly reminded to make a conscious effort to show genuine kindness to all of those around you. There is a powerful effect that happens when a complete stranger shows you unexpected kindness. It's a little hard to explain and quite crazy how a complete stranger can help uplift your mood so much without knowing anything about you.
Every chance I get I love to show others Random Acts Of Kindness
because I know how magical and powerful such a thing can be.
A Cup Of Coffee and A Mental It's Going To Be Okay
About a year ago I was having an absolutely terrible morning. Overnight the world seemed to have turned against me. As I slowly start to accept defeat and ready myself for an even more stressful day. I remember the power and charm a hot cup of coffee has over me. So I drive straight to my local coffee house drive through. As I pull up to the window my beloved barista cheerfully smiles at me, hands me my coffee, and says that it was already paid for. Shocked and surprised I couldn't believe that someone would extend such kindness to me. Unknowingly to them how much it would mean to me especially because my morning wasn't presenting itself to be a gigantic win for the day.
This is a moment and a Random Act Of Kindness I will never forget and will always appreciate. They may have not known my morning wasn't going in my favor, but them paying for my coffee made me feel like they were saying, " Hey, it's going to be okay". Their Random Act Of Kindness held so much more meaning for me and for that I will always look back fondly on this memory.
Letting Me Cut In Front
Everyone gets caught up in their own lives, forgetting that there are people around them living their own lives. Full of stress, annoyance, confusion, drama, and emergencies. I know that I do, which is why after a particular event in my families lives I always make the best effort to remember that I can not know a person's whole story from a small interaction.
A couple of years back one of my children needed to be taken to a more equipped hospital through ambulance transport. I could not ride with them because I had two younger ones that I need to drive. Stressed to the max, I found myself driving behind the ambulance with intense concern. In that exceptionally stressful drive, one Random Act OF Kindness stood out to me and has been a memory that happily reminds. All I wanted to do was make sure that I stayed behind the ambulance. Which was rather difficult although was made a lot easier when a car let me cut in front of them. They didn't have too, they didn't know who I was, or what was happening, but they let me in front anyways and for that, I am eternally grateful. This simple Random Act Of Kindness made all the difference to me, words can not explain.
Uplifted My Spirits
A few months ago I had just completed a long days of work filled with mentally draining tasks and duties. Although one of the perks of being a mom meant my day wasn't over because I still had to go to the grocery store. Apparently I wasn't the only one because when I arrived at my local grocer I found the lot to be filled to the absolute brim. I had decided to rock heels and a dress that day. At the start of the day I felt fabulous, but as I was walking from the nose bleeds of the stores lot all I wished was that I had a pair to tennis in my trunk. As I was charging towards the market tired, stress, and fed up with the day, another women passing by happily glanced my way and said, "Oh I love your shoes". The comment caught me off guard in the most wonderful way. I couldn't help but stop, smile, and say thank you. With my mood shifted towards a cheery smile. I began shopping down the ales. Only to come across another women who stopped me to say she really liked my dress. A second compliment had just rang through my ears and I completely pushed back any thoughts of wanting to rush home and get comfy immediately. As I stood in line at check out I notice the older gentlemen behind me only has one item as to where I have a cart full. So I insist that he cut in front of me, which is the action that sparks up a conversation between the two of us. He turns to me and says, " Your shoes are very fetching". It's not a word one hears very often which is the exact reason it captured my full attention. His face began to blush as he explains that it is a compliment. I couldn't contain the smile that captured my face. Here I was feeling stressed and exhausted. Fully prepared to power house my way through the grocery store so that I could get home. Only to have complete strangers share a Random Act OF Kindness with me completely uplifting my spirits.
It might sound silly, but Random Acts Of Kindness
really do hold such a powerful overwhelming feeling of happiness and appreciation.
Let's Celebrate #NationalRandomActsOfKindnessDay Together This Sunday February, 17.
Did you hear about the winter storm that swept the Pacific Northwest under a blanket of white? Rumor has it that it has not completely passed yet, but today looks like we may have just gotten through the worst of it. My family and I had 6 uninterrupted days of pure winter leisure. I took a day or two, but the winter storm that captivated the Pacific Northwest in a snow globe of winter madness actually taught me something really important.
I am Overworked
The snow brought out the inner child like excitement in my children. During the storm, we laughed, threw snowballs, made snow angels, sledded down our driveway, and sipped on cocoa as we watched the heavy snowfall from the stormy clouds above. However as soon as the fun was over and we went our separate ways, I would go straight back to work. No thought and no hesitation it was just business as usual for me. Almost like I was on auto pilot, I shallowly enjoyed these moments, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that work was always in mind. This was a realization that admittedly took me some time to see.
The first official day of the snowstorm, I cleaned and I worked. I watched from the deck as my children fully embraced the winter weather. not once during the first day did I join them in their winter adventures. This thought alone baffles me because I absolutely love winter. How is it that inches of beautiful white snow could cover my neighborhood and I not have any desire to go outside and sled down my driveway? Just knowing that at that moment in time I did not put adventure and my love for winter first is a hard fact to face.
As I write this I can feel the tears threaten to spill over and roll down my cheeks. I never wanted a life where work came before everything. I did not realize that this is what was happening day one of the storm, but if I did I probably would have immediately been so upset with myself. That I would have thrown on my winter coat and marched outside determined to prove myself wrong.
Day two comes into view and knowing that I didn't need to be up for any reason. I truly slept in for the first time in forever. Once my eyes did open ready to face the day, I quietly worked as I sipped my coffee. After a bit of time had passed I decided to venture outside and finally play and enjoy the snow in all of its glory. I sledded down our driveway multiple times and then took the adventure even further by going for a walk around the neighborhood. When the cold finally got to me I shivered my way back inside to happily enjoy a steaming cup of hot apple cider with a hint of brandy. Once that last sip slide down my throat, I was out. The amazing thing was that I didn't just nap. I fell completely asleep on my couch with a movie playing in the background. There was nothing in the world that could have woken me up. I was out for the count. I woke up with the greatest refreshed feeling I have honestly felt in years.
Dinner time rolls around and I choose to work while I eat and for a little while after. Once I am satisfied with the progress I have made I decide that it is time to turn in for the night.
It's day three and the sun has finally decided to peak through the clouds gracing our faces with its warm glow. I find myself on my back porch sipping my coffee. When all of a sudden I get smacked in the face with this realization that quite honestly cracked my heart a fair bit. I am overworked. Not only am I overworked to the point of exhaustion, but work is the only thing that my mind thinks about. Almost every thought I have revolves around Thavin & Marcob. We have goals that we want to achieve so I just keep going and going. Not realizing that it is draining me from the inside out. If you know me, you know that this is not me. This workaholic person is never someone I aspired to be. I love living in the moment, I love adventure, I love all the wonders that the world has to offer. Yet, somehow along the way, I pushed that love so far down that it almost disappeared with my ambitions for Thavin & Marcob. In turn, creating this workaholic monster that can't even enjoy an innocent snow day with her children. This realization really hit me hard, especially because it shacked my core beliefs so much so that I realized I as a person was so consumed I changed into someone I never thought imaginable.
Thavin & Marcob is my passion, my dream job, my love, but it took three days trapped in a snowstorm to realize that I haven't honestly relaxed or enjoyed a moment in its purity in an astronomically long time. While realizing that I am overworked was tough. I am grateful that the winter storm helped me to find this out. Even though every intention might be for good intent. Steamrolling and power housing 24/7 is no way to achieve sustainable success or happiness. I truly believe that if the storm did not help to bring this to light I would have eventually burnt out and quite Thavin & Marcob entirely. I am thankful now to be aware of my limits and the full power my ambitious drive has. I am eternally grateful that I did not reach a point where I felt like I needed to walk away and quite. I am thankful that I fully remember why I started Thavin & Marcob and was reminded of the pure honest loving feeling that I have for my company.
I am only human, so I might just reach this point again some time in the future.
Although hopefully, it won't take a huge winter storm for me to realize this.
What did the winter storm teach you?
If you're not living in hiding then chances are you have heard of the
Marie Kondo organization method; does this spark joy, no it goes, yes, it stays.
I think the core of this method is quite helpful. I truly appreciated the folding lessons and the fantastic tips on getting things organized around the house. Which is why I decided that I was going to embark on a year of organizing.
In the last year we have moved and fully settled into our new home. So I think now is the best time to start to see if all of our things really fit into our new chapter. While I do think the core of the does it spark joy method is great. I think when embarking on my organizational journey I will extend the criteria to functionality because while the pooper scooper or my husbands 40 screwdrivers don't spark any joy within me. They do serve very functional jobs that earn them a stay at our home.
I decided to start with the pantry with the overall goal of visibility. I wanted to organize it in a very efficient and clean way. So that when it was time to go grocery shopping I could easily check the cabinet to see what we were running low on. Making the trip the grocery store stress less and swift.
I started with a few large jars to store spices in. I prefer to purchase spices in bulk. The cost per ounce is less, the packaging waste creates a lower footprint and the spices last months. I not only wanted to know what spices I had, but I also wanted to know how much I had. This made jars the obvious choice for me.
I first filled up larger jars with the spices I typically use for baking such as kosher salt, parsley, brown sugar, flour, regular sugar, etc. I used smaller jars for cooking spices like Chile powder and cumin.
The second task I tackled was cereal. While my containers only lasted a week before the youngest dropped in onto the floor cracking it. I found the clear plastic containers I choose to house the cereal to be quite useful for both my organizational goals and visual ones.
Next was pasta, which is a popular dish in my household. So we always have an abundant amount on hand. Which is why I decided that tall clear containers would be the best choice.
My last addition to my pantry to achieve organization and visual on all that it contains was adding in a few baskets to house things like popcorn or packet spices.
So far I love all of the new improvements I have made and they do seem to be doing what I hoped. I figured in a few weeks I would go back through and add or take away what didn't work and what I think might. Until then what is the one thing your pantry has that you think I should add?
Winter is a fabulous season filled with snowfall and endless possibilities. I know that after a few weeks of winter most of us are ready to move on to warmer days. Where running to get milk isn't a whole ordeal. I am the same way, but thankfully I have the most amazing children who help me to remember that there is always fun to be found in the chaos and that magical memories can be made when you embrace the winter for all it's freezing glory.
Here is how my family and I choose to embrace the winter.
Sledding down a hill or two is a great way to have some innocent winter fun. I might lose control and roll into some brush, but it's all apart of the adventure. What's a more laugh triggering memory than remembering the time mom went rolling into a ditch because she was going to fast and got a little scared? It's memories like these that make embracing the winter worthwhile.
Cocoa and Snowfall
One of my favorite winter activities to do with my children is drinking hot chocolate and watching the snowfall from the safety of my living room. When all the outdoor fun has been had. I find there is nothing more peaceful than gathering to sit in front of the window with hot chocolate in our hands marveling at the beauty nature provides us.
We are a family who loves nature and taking an easy nature stroll is something that we truly enjoy. Snow and ice might be annoying when you have things to do and no time to waste, but if you take a breathe and let go of schedules and times. An easy winter walk really helps to lift your spirit and to help you remember the excitement that is rediscovering nature when it is coated in a bed of white.
A Friendly Reminder For Hydration
I know that sometimes important skin regiments might fall to the way side when life gets in the way, but I find that winter is a great natural reminder to stay moisturized and hydrated. While you might not be able to see the sun, sunscreen is still incredibly important.
The snow helps to reflect the suns UV rays onto your skin. So while it may not be abundantly obvious like a hot summers day. Make sure before you head out for some snow fun, you put on a nice protective layer of sunscreen.
The fabulous winter winds can also dry out your skin. This is something that you will eventually notice from sheer discomfort, but try to stay ahead and hydrate your skin and lips with moisturizing.
Water is key when exerting energy building the snowman of all snowmen. Keep water close on hand and stay hydrated this winter.
Share with is how you and your family choose to Embrace Winter.
Our windows this month focus on Acts Of Love.
While Valentine's Day is a great way to show those around you how much you cared about them. You don't have to wait for a special occasion like Valentine's Day to do so. Acts Of Love is an easy and affordable way for you to show your admiration. Here's a little inspiration to get you started.
Daily life gets busy and sometimes having lazy chats with your loved ones seems impossible that is why text messages are an exceptionally amazing tool. Just a few taps and your loved one is reminded of how much you mean to them no matter your schedule.
Here are ten that I receive from my beloved husband.
1. Good Morning
2. Hope your morning is a fantastic one
3. Love you
4. Your beautiful
5. Can't wait to see you
6. How'd your day go
7. I miss you
8. Hey, I just remembered that time we...
9. Did you sleep well
10. I saw this ____ and it reminded me of you
What Is An Act Of Love
An Act Of Love can truly be anything you do for someone who means the world to you. Life is not full of big grand gestures. It's created with small moments,
Here is a list of acts you can shower your loved ones with all month long.
1. While your making yourself a cup of coffee make one to take to your partner.
(If you have kids mine love getting a fresh cup of coco delivered to their door)
2. Warm up the car so it's nice ad cozy for your partner.
(If they utilize the bus the go ahead pop their socks in the dryer so
they are nice and warmed up for their morning walk.)
3. Greet your partner with an indoor picnic one night.
(One of my favorite memories from when my husband and I first got
married is having candlelit picnics of peanut butter sandwiches.)
4. Plan an evening or early morning stroll with just the two of you.
(If you have littles, my kids loved walks around the neighborhood without
their siblings. It made them feel special and gave us one on one time to connect.)
5.Surprise your partner
(There's always something that you do that drives your partner absolutely crazy.
Whether it's not doing your dishes or missing the laundry basket. Go ahead and put in the extra effort today to show them you're listening and that you care.)
6. Plan a movie night at home
(Nothing beats a simple movie night with a cozy blanket and some popcorn.)
7. Share a memory
(Memories hold some of the best feelings, share your favorite.)
8. Write a quick I Love You Note and leave it where they would least expect it.
(Surprise smiles are always a fun treat.)
9. Drop off a handmade lunch basket at work for your partner.
(What says I care about you more than handmade food?)
10. Give out lots of hugs, kisses, say I love you often and enjoy your time together.
(It is easy to get swept up in life and take your loved ones for granted. Continually show them how much you love them and they are sure to never feel like you don't care.)
LEAVING YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Sometimes you need a little change up form your normal day to day routine. Stretch past your comfort zone and do something a little spontaneous.
Here are my ten favorite things to do in my home.
1. Move all the furniture to the wall and create your own personal dance floor.
2. It's winter, but creating a cozy pop up tent in the living room might just be what your craving.
3. A personal poetry reading with hand selected pomes by you.
4. Breakfast in bed is always a good Idea.
5. A Valentines Day scavenger hunt.
6. Do a little yoga and physically stretch together.
7. Build an obstacle course and let the laughter commence.
8. Create an art studio and let your inner artist out.
9. It's concert time, sing your hearts out to your favorite tunes.
10. Sleepovers are always exciting. Set up to sleep in a cloud of pillows
and blankets while you share stories.
Acts Of Love don't have to be grand expensive gestures.
They can be simple acts that you do throughout every month of the year.
Continuously reminding your loved ones how much they mean to you.
Valentine's Day is sneaking up on us. Since it is in only ten days here
are some quick and easy crafts that you can do to help jazz up your
home or office with that little special sparkle of Valentine's Day Love.
#1 - Hearts
Valentine' Day is all about Love so let's cut out some hearts and
string them up along the walls and door ways.
#2 - Acts Of Love
Utilize either flashcards or cut out hearts from red and pink paper.
Then write down little love acts of then sticking them all over the walls and windows.
#3 - Flowers
Paper flowers or real flowers are sure to add the dash of puppy love into any atmosphere.
#4- Paper Chains
Never can you go wrong with crafting a paper chain to decorate for this love filled holiday.
#5 - Paint Jars
Find some spare glass jars and decoratively paint them to your heart's desire.
Once they are dry fill them with either your paper/real flowers or shift the mood
and place a candle inside and watch as the glow flickers against your creative artwork.
Share your amazing Valentine's Day decorations with us
Happy February Everyone!
I can't believe January has come and gone already. It seems like just last week we were presenting to you our January windows, Ride Into The New Year With Flying Colors.
While goodbyes are never easy, hellos are always full of excitement. Which is why we are filled with immense amounts of excitement to now finally present to you our February windows, Love Acts.
February is all about LOVE
In particular how love acts you carry out for those around you.
Has the ability to make a rather large impression that sticks around for lifetimes.
When I was a little girl my dad would hold the car door open for me every time I would get in, without fail. In my mind, this small act was just something my dad did for me. I always thought that it was his way of showing me how excited he was to hang out with me.
My husband holds the car door for me every time I get in, without fail. Now that I am an adult I can see that while he may be excited to spend time with me. It is ultimately a Love Act. He is saying I love you and I want you to be comfortable before I am.
Acts Of Love That Impact
My boys have become young men. I love seeing their own individual unique personalities shine through. Although there is one thing they all do that never fails to bring endless joy to my heart.
The Act Of Love of opening the door.
My boys mimicked their father when they were little quite a bit. There's always something about watching your children grow and realizing that not only do they mimic your actions but soon it becomes a part of who they are as people.
This realization is what sparked the inspiration for our February Windows.
Of course, we brought back my red door because for us that represents home and in other words love. Love not only for home and family, but also the passion to show others just how important they are to you. Acts Of Love do not have to be this grand gesture. They can be a good morning text, a warm cup of coffee and an honest conversation. The pink you see sprinkled around the windows represents a universal love that holds no limits or boundaries.
I know that commercially speaking Valentines Day is about couples. Although for me that has never been the case. Valentines Day in my eyes is for everyone. It's for families, moms, dads, grandparents, or your neighbor. Valentines Day is about sharing an Act Of Love with the world.
What are some Acts Of Love you show to others or
others show to you that fill your heart with immense joy?
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!